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News Monday, 23 June 2014

Violist Gareth Zehngut joins the Minnesota Orchestra

The musician was awarded a position with the orchestra in 2012, but was prevented from signing his contract by the long-running labour dispute

Violist Gareth Zehngut completed his long-awaited first day with the Minnesota Orchestra last week. In 2012, the artist was awarded a position with the ensemble and was set to join them in the 2013-...

News Monday, 23 June 2014

Double bassist Leon Bosch announces retirement from Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The South African artist will devote more time to personal projects including his new chamber ensemble

Leon Bosch has announced his retirement as principal double bassist of London's Academy of St Martin in the Fields. The South African has taken the decision to stand down from his 30-year orchestral...

Focus Friday, 20 June 2014

10 useful business skills for musicians

You need flexibility and business acumen as well as talent to stand out from the crowd in today’s rapidly changing music world, argues double bassist-turned-agent Corrado Canonici

There are few who would claim that it’s easy to make a living in classical music. More and more well-qualified musicians enter the business every day, at the same time that orchestras, promoters...

News Friday, 20 June 2014

Kreutzer Stradivarius violin fails to sell at auction

The instrument has been valued at between $7.5m and $10m

The ‘Kreutzer’ Stradivarius, due to be auctioned by Christie’s in a sealed bidding process on 18 June, has failed to find a buyer. The c1731 instrument –...

Focus Thursday, 19 June 2014

Cellist Pablo Casals on expressive intonation

The great artist believed that 50 per cent of a player's total dramatic power lay in exaggerated intonation, writes former pupil Pamela Hind O'Malley

Casals has long been accepted as the greatest of all string players. His playing was marked by a unique fusion of musicality and technique. But, while many of his technical innovations have now passed...

News Thursday, 19 June 2014

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra criticises Peter Gelb’s ‘runaway spending’

The orchestra is currently locked in a dispute over a potential 16 per cent wage cut

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, which is currently locked in a dispute over wage cuts, has released a report slamming general manager Peter Gelb for his ‘failed artistic vision’ and &lsquo...

News Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Belgian violinist Pierre D’Archambeau has died at the age of 87

Son of cellist Iwan D’Archambeau, Pierre was a successful recitalist and teacher

Belgian-born violinist Pierre D’Archambeau died on 16 June at the age of 87 at his home in Massachusetts. Son of cellist Iwan D’Archambeau of the Flonzaley and Stradivarius quartets, Pierre...

Focus Tuesday, 17 June 2014

How to develop an expressive vibrato

Just one beautiful note is all we need as a starter for a gorgeous vibrato, writes Phyllis Young

The fascinating technique of vibrato is actually based on something very ordinary and common, so we should never be afraid of it. After all, we have been shaking things since we spotted the rattle in...

News Tuesday, 17 June 2014

BBC launches Ten Pieces primary school classical music initiative

The ten chosen works will introduce children to classical music and encourage creativity

The BBC has launched Ten Pieces, a new initiative to familiarise more children with classical music and to inspire creativity. Ten works will be introduced to primary school classes through a range ...

News Monday, 16 June 2014

Zhanbo Zheng wins 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition

The 17-year-old Chinese violist receives a cash award and performance opportunities

Zhanbo Zheng, aged 17, has been named the winner of the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition in Los Angeles. The Chinese violist receives a cash prize of $5,000, a gold-mounted bow from Arcos...

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